Judicial Engagement State Forum- Minnesota

Join us on Thursday, February 20, 2020 for an event focusing on judicial engagement and the Minnesota state constitution.

Judicial engagement is the belief that the courts should not defer to the government when examining whether the government has violated the constitution. This is usually discussed with the U.S. Constitution in mind. But Minnesota has a constitution too. And Minnesota judges interpret that constitution and apply it in cases against state and local governments. What should judges do in those cases? And what in the state’s constitution have we forgotten about and need to reaffirm and reinvigorate? Join us to hear from a diverse group of constitutional lawyers, academics, and judges in discussing judicial engagement and the Minnesota Constitution.

*This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 3 credit hours of standard continuing legal education.*



12:00-12:30 p.m. Sign in and Lunch

12:30-12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
Anthony Sanders, Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement

12:45- 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address
Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Panel I: Should Minnesota Courts Defer Less to the Government in Interpreting the Minnesota Constitution? If “Yes,” How So?
Judge Jack S. Nordby, Retired Minnesota Judge
Mahesha Subbaraman, Founder of Subbaraman PLLC
Mary Jane Morrison, Emerita Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Moderator: Jaimie Cavanaugh, Attorney at Institute for Justice

2:45 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. Panel II: What Provisions in the Minnesota Constitution Should We Be Enforcing (But Don’t)
Harry Niska, Howse & Thompson
Scott Flaherty, Partner at Taft Law
Nathan R. Sellers, Shareholder at Fabyanske, Westra, Hart, & Thomson
Moderator: Teresa Stanton Collett, Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

3:45 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:00-5:00 p.m. Closing Reception

Space is limited!  RSVP today!

Questions?  Please contact Rachel Hannabass at rhannabass@ij.org

Event SponsorThe Institute for Justice & University of St. Thomas Federalist Society Chapter
Event Date and Time Thursday, February 20, 2020
12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Event Location

University of St. Thomas School of Law
1101 Harmon Pl.
Minneapolis, MN

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